Summer is winding down and all of your feathered friends are preparing for winter.  Whether they are fattening up to fly to a warmer climate or preparing their winter stashes to get them through the colder months in your neck of the woods, there are a few simple changes to your feeder routines that will help them along their way.

Adjust your seed mix  to 50% black-oil sunflower, 40-45% millet, 5-10% safflower to prepare for the return of the winter juncos.  Continue to offer peanuts for the woodpeckers and nuthatches and nyjer seeds for the finches.  Switch to fatty and nut-heavy suets if the weather is cool enough already, otherwise go with nut-rich no-melt suets.  Continue to offer mealworms, but decide between live and dried based on the weather.

Continue to fill your nectar feeders for hummingbirds and orioles.  Offer fresh and dried fruits for a variety of migrants and residents.